Disney has picked up the Megan Whalen Turner Young Adult Fantasy Novel “The Thief” for a live-action production set for Disney+ and is now in early development.  It isn’t clear if this new project will be a movie or a series.

The books official description should give us an idea of what this new live-action project will be:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

“The Thief” is part of a larger book series called “The Queen’s Thief”, which consists of 6 books.  Megan Whalen Turner’s first book in her series was released in 1996 and earned a Newbery Honor award in 1997.


According to “The Hollywood Reporter”, this adaptation will be written by Brian Duffield. It will be produced by Jim Whitaker, who previously worked on the Disney movies “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” and “Pete’s Dragon.”

Have you read “The Thief”?









Roger Palmer

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4 Comments

  1. ScionStorm December 17, 2020

    Why does the plot sound like the Thief will find a genie lamp and use it to impress a girl before ultimately releasing the genie to freedom?

    1. Anonymous December 21, 2020

      Oh I promise you that that could not be farther from the actual plot. Please do read it though. It’s pretty amazing.

    2. Kacie Wilcox December 23, 2020

      No. Just no:P That's not how it works at all, thank goodness!

  2. Sophia January 19, 2021

    I'm both really excited and really anxious. This is hands-down my favorite book/series ever. I even have the short story that was done in the 2000 Disney Adventures magazine cut out and saved with my books (http://meganwhalenturner.org/books/bk_disney.html) and own multiple versions of the books. However, I have trouble imagining this being well adapted to the screen and I really didn't like the re-make of Pete's dragon done by the same producer. So I'm trying not to get my hopes up.